Shopping For Better Shoes

When it comes to shoe shopping, I have always been one of those people that goes crazy in the stores. I absolutely love finding a great shoe that will work for my style, and when the price is right, I just have to invest. About three months ago or so, I realized that there were some issues with my current shoe selection, and it really paid off. I started looking for higher quality shoes, and before I knew it, I had a few pairs of great shoes that I really loved having. This blog is all about choosing higher quality shoes and being able to wear them for as long as possible.

Flower Ideas That Won't Irritate Allergies


Getting flowers for your sweetheart may seem like the most traditionally romantic thing you can do, but it can backfire if they suffer pollen allergies. Fortunately, there are still options that allow you to pursue this token of affection without inducing a sneezing fit. The following will help you find the perfect bouquet or arrangement for your love:

Pollen-free classics

You can still give your special someone a dozen roses, just opt for rose buds instead of fully blooming flowers. Yes, they will open eventually, but roses are generally low on pollen. If you are still concerned that the blooms may cause an issue when they open, another classic option is lilies. Ask for lilies that have had their anthers removed. It is relatively common for flower shops to do this since lily pollen can stain the blooms (and anything else it comes in contact with). There are also naturally pollen-less lily varieties in the Asiatic lily group.

Colorful foliage

You can bypass flowers completely and instead go for brightly colored foliage. Around the holidays, poinsettias are popular. Their red "flowers" are actually leaves. The actual flowers are so small as to be nearly invisible and produce very little pollen. Another popular option are coleus. Coleus produces a rainbow of colors on their leaves that can out-shine nearly any flower.

Pollen-free alternatives

If you aren't sold on foliage as a substitute, then there are two plants that are much beloved and that don't produce pollen. Cyclamens have delicate flowers, typically in pink. Another alternative that is well appreciated by many people is orchids. These epiphytic plants come in a myriad of colors and even shapes. Other epiphytes, like air plants, don't flower but they are typically displayed in pretty glass bulbs or vases. The produce small baby plants which are quite becoming as they dangle from the mother plant.


Succulents have been rising in popularity. Many types produce rosettes of chubby, waxy leaves. Many varieties even have pollen-less or low pollen flowers, such as the holiday cactus varieties and others in the Schlumberger group. Rock roses and plants in the sedum group are other lovely options for a succulent arrangement that won't bother allergies. Succulents and cacti often come in creative containers or arrangement styles, such as in fairy gardens or dish plantings, which make them even more fun to receive as a gift.

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22 October 2017